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NASA to blow $600M on a frigging window for the I.S.S.

More money down the drain, a completely useless waste of funds and
with the Shuttle a risk not worth taking.  But again, what’s money
when the Chinese are paying Uncle Sam’s bills today?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/jonathanamos/2010/02/the-cupo…

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On Sunday morning, February 7th, at 4:39 am EST, space shuttle Endeavour…

Space Weather News for February 6, 2010
http://spaceweather.com

LAST NIGHT LAUNCH OF THE SHUTTLE: On Sunday morning, February 7th, at
4:39 am EST, space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled lift off from Kennedy
Space Center on a 13-day mission to the ISS. There are only five
missions left before NASA ends the shuttle program, and this will be the
last one to launch at night. Visit http://spaceweather.com for links to
blogs and live video from NASA TV.

EMERGING SUNSPOTS:  Amateur astronomers with solar telescopes should
train their optics on the sun.  At least two new Solar Cycle 24 sunspot
groups are rapidly emerging in the sun’s northern hemisphere.  Images
and updates at http://spaceweather.com

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Rising and setting question

At lat +42, due north +48 declination is just above the horizon
(south -48, east and west 0). If 0h is culminating, how
would I compute (say) the lowest declination visible at 7h RA?

Craig Franck

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Weather: A Bit of Snow in Maryland

Seems to be a bit over 30 inches at my home. With well and heat pump,
we count ourselves extremely lucky to have not lost electric power.
There are only a couple of pics at
<http://www.davidillig.com/blizzardof2010.shtml> because we literally
cannot get more than about five feet from the house.

39 04 41N 76 39 34W may be pasted into Google Earth or maps.google.com.

Snow has stopped, sky is clear. Won’t be in the zerbat’ry tonight,
though.

Davoud


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Mars' two-faced riddle 'solved'

Not "today’s" news, but interesting nonetheless.

The puzzle of why the northern and southern hemispheres of Mars
look so different may now have been solved.

Mars’ crust is thicker in the southern hemisphere, and magnetic
anomalies are found in the south but not the north.

New studies in Nature magazine suggest that a massive space rock
smashing into the planet could have created an abrupt disparity
between the two halves.

This asteroid would have been close to the size of Earth’s moon
and hit Mars’ northern regions, scientists say.

article continues here:

<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7473128.stm>

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NASA job losses??? CAN the goddamn, F—— I.S.S.!!!!

NASA, go BACK to pure SPACE research.  To HELL with the black money
hole the I.S.S., to HELL with B.S. global warming CRAP.  Do what you
were MANDATED to do when created.

NASA administrator concerned about potential job losses
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

    * NASA administrator concerned about potential job losses at the
agency
    * Charles Bolden: "We are departing from the model of the past"
    * Shuttle program will cease this year, with only five more
launches scheduled
    * President Obama’s proposed budget would cancel the Constellation
lunar program

(CNN) — On the eve of Sunday’s launch of space shuttle Endeavour,
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said he supports President Obama’s
goal of making the space industry a commercial venture, but is
concerned about potential job losses at the agency.

Under Obama’s proposed 2011 budget, NASA would take a back seat to
private ventures. It would receive $6 billion over five years to
invest in space technology research and develop private space taxis.
This would replace NASA’s traditional role of building its own
spacecraft.

"We are departing from the model of the past, in which the government
funded all of human space activities," Bolden told reporters.

"This represents the entrance of the entrepreneurial mindset into a
field that is poised for rapid growth and new jobs. And NASA will be
driving competition, opening new markets and access to space, and
catalyzing the potential of American industry," he added. "This is a
good investment for America."

The proposed budget — which aims to tighten the nation’s purse
strings in certain areas while increasing money used to create jobs —
would cancel NASA’s Constellation program, which had sought to send
astronauts back to the moon by 2020.

Bolden conceded that many NASA jobs will be lost if Obama’s budget
passes, and said he was responsible for not preparing NASA employees
for the changes that might occur.

"The reason why the NASA work force is not better prepared was because
I didn’t listen to people … who talked about how we should roll
these things out," Bolden said. "I thought I knew better, to be quite
honest. So we rolled out the budget, we rolled out everything in the
manner we did and it was screwed up."

"I learned a very hard lesson," he said.

Bolden said he hopes to recoup about 1,000 jobs by persuading Congress
to keep some or all of the Constellation’s Ares program, and that he
was involved in talks on Capitol Hill. "Those are the sorts of
negotiations I have to do," he added.

NASA already has begun planning and designing the hardware, propulsion
systems and related technologies for the Ares V cargo launch vehicle
— meant to be the "heavy lifter" of America’s next-generation space
fleet, the agency has said. It would be used to launch equipment for
use on space missions, and will have a heavier lift capacity than the
Ares I booster.

Constellation was to follow NASA’s space shuttle program, which, after
about 30 years of taking astronauts to space, is scheduled to end
later this year, following five more flights.

Critics say it is wasteful to abandon Constellation after $9 billion
in federal money already has been spent on technology specifically
designed for its missions.

The Endeavour is set to launch at 4:39 a.m. Sunday for its trip to the
International Space Station. NASA said preparations remain on
schedule, and the weather forecast is favorable.

Commander George Zamka will lead the mission, which is designated
STS-130. Terry Virts will be the pilot, and mission specialists
Nicholas Patrick, Robert Behnken, Stephen Robinson and Kathryn Hire
will be aboard, NASA said.

Virts will be making his first trip into space.

The crew will deliver to the space station a third connecting module,
the Italian-built Tranquility node and the seven-windowed cupola,
which will be used as a control room for robotics. Three space walks
are planned.

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Are you shitting me?? Apparently not.

Ol’ Kickin’ just learned that a gaggle of biblethumping idiots
boycotted Toys R’Us for selling OUIJA BOARDS — FOR GOD’S SAKE!!!

Here’s a link to an article urging parents to boycott Toys R’Us.  
http://lhla.org/breaking_news/?p=3943

If this were  not so goddam stupid, it would be funny.  Note the
comments by the "experts" about how " . . . board games like the Ouija
board are one of the biggest dangers of the occult."  

Ths sort of shit just makes Ol’ Kickin’ want to bang his head into the
desk.

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